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Chargers fans make their case before the NFL

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8/CNS/AP) - Chargers fans told NFL representatives Wednesday night they would not attend games in the Los Angeles area if the team moved.

The gathering is the second of three being held by the league in cities in danger of losing their team to the Los Angeles area. The first meeting was held Tuesday in St. Louis, and the other will take place in Oakland on Thursday, October 29.

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League officials said the purpose of the hearings is to provide an opportunity for fans and others in the community to ask questions and express their views directly to the NFL before decisions are made about potential relocation of one or more clubs from a current market.

Members of Commissioner Roger Goodell's executive staff were in attendance to listen to comments and answer questions from the audience.

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The forum got off to a rocky start when Mark Fabiani, the team's special counsel, drew boos from fans.

"Why don't you tell the truth?" one fan yelled at Fabiani.

Fabiani blamed city politics for the possibility of the team moving.

"We've tried everything we can think of," Fabiani told the audience, estimated to be between 350 and 400. "The failure to come up with a solution in San Diego has nothing to do with the Chargers fans. It's incredibly unfair that the Charger fans are bearing the brunt of decisions made by San Diego politicians."

Councilman Scott Sherman rebutted Fabiani's claim.

"His entire argument is to convince you the city can't get its act together," Sherman said. "I'm here to say that's the furthest thing from the truth."

Sherman accused Fabiani of being negative throughout his 14-year association with the team, trying to get it a new stadium.

Sherman said that while city leaders have come and gone, "the one constant is Mr. Fabiani's employment of the San Diego Chargers. He has been nothing but negative the whole time."

During the forum, fans pointed out that San Diego's proximity to Mexico provided an opportunity for the league to gain fans internationally, something it has long sought.

Several longtime season ticket holders expressed their support for the team to remain in San Diego. 

"You will rip a big part of me and San Diego if you take away the Chargers," season ticket holder Robert Lozano said.

Several fans of other teams also voiced their support of the Chargers remaining in San Diego.

Andrew Hogan, founder of Bring Back the Los Angeles Rams, said "We know the pain of losing a team and don't wish it on our friends in San Diego."

The City of San Diego released a three-minute video Tuesday showing a more detailed design for a proposed 67,500-seat sports stadium in Mission Valley.

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Kansas City-based Populous incorporated unique San Diego elements into its design, such as a shimmering facade that will give off an ocean wavelike effect. The seating areas would be split into valleys and mesas, and set up as neighborhoods to provide distinct fan experiences.

The video, narrated by Hall of Fame sports announcer and La Jolla resident Dick Enberg, shows off various aspects of San Diego for the first minute before the stadium design proposal is revealed.

"With a design that reflects the characteristics people love about San Diego, this new stadium will provide a fan experience unlike any other in the NFL," said Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

"The Chargers belong in San Diego, and this design captures the spirit of the city they have called home for more than 50 years," Faulconer said. "It embraces San Diego's beautiful year-round weather, coastal lifestyle and reputation as an innovation leader to create an iconic Southern California venue that can host games, events and Super Bowls for generations to come."

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CBS News 8 spoke with Fabiani Tuesday regarding the new video, who said don't be fooled:

"You can't build a stadium by producing a video. You have to get down and do the hard work, as we've done in Los Angeles," he said.

Fabiani maintains that the city rushed the Environmental Impact Report, which won't hold up in court and the Chargers aren't willing to take that risk.  

"It's all flash, it's no substance, it's a complete waste of taxpayer's money to produce a video," he continued. "This video is nothing more than an advertisement for the mayor and his re-election. This has absolutely nothing to do with building a stadium."

NFL team owners are expected to decide later this year or early next year which franchises, if any, move to Los Angeles.

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